Sunday, 24 March 2013

Your "Eureka" Moment



Before we begin:

I know that I have not been posting anything for a long time, but after reading everyone else's amazing blogs, Ive finally told myself to get up and start posting again!

I have recently realized that I have this moment of realization that spurs up my mind. I consider this a "Eureka" moment.

For those of you who don't know what Eureka means, here read this:

eureka |yo͝oˈrēkə, yə-|
exclam.
a cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something.
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from Greek heurēka ‘I have found it’ (from heuriskein ‘find’), said to have been uttered by Archimedes when he hit upon a method of determining the purity of gold. The noun dates from the early 20th cent.

The Story of the "Eureka"

Leading greek scientist Archimedes (287 BC - 212 BC) was one day asked from King Hiero II to determine whether his crown which had been believed to be pure gold was truly gold and not silver. Archimedes, although being a leading scientist struggled with this, until one day while bathing in his bath tub noticed that as he entered the water rose! This would lead to Archimedes determining the truth (there was silver mixed into the crown). When discovering this a elated Archimedes exclaimed "Eureka!".

Archimedes must have felt that moment of realization that I also feel. These "Eureka" moments are fascinating. It gives me a sense of delight and satisfaction and most greatly leads to discovery. These "Eureka" moments can be in any form.

A "Eureka" account by me:
A few years ago, I was at a restaurant casually having my dinner, my parents asked me to have 3 types of vegetables, I had lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Then my dad said that was only 2. I replied that  lettuce, cucumber and tomato were all vegetables. Then my dad said that tomatoes were in fact fruits. Hearing this I was astonished. I had not known this and I suddenly felt like I had discovered something new.

Since then I have always exclaimed "Ureka" in my mind when I discover something new!

Everyone has their own Ureka moment!

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